The largest grant in the Moyer Foundation's twelve-year history will be used to expand Camp Erin, a national network of free bereavement camps, to new locations and increase the number of children being served in existing locations. The funding also will support the National Bereavement Resource Guide, a compilation of state and local resources for people experiencing loss, and the annual National Bereavement Camp Conference, which brings together grief professionals working in bereavement camps across the country to share best practices.
NYLF, which has awarded more than $1.7 million to the Moyer Foundation since 2008, has been integral in helping establish nearly forty Camp Erin programs across the country, and hundreds of its employees have donated both time and money in support of the national effort.
"We are proud to continue our strong partnership with the Moyer Foundation, whose mission and commitment to the issue of childhood bereavement positively impacts so many children in need," said NYLF president Chris Park. "The need among bereaved children is greater than commonly thought. In fact, according to a recent study, one in seven children will experience the loss of a family member (or close friend) before the age of 20, which puts children at risk. However, the good news is that grieving children themselves report that the support, experiences, and resources that the Moyer Foundation provides helps ease their burden and promotes the hope and optimism they need."